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The Museum Of Old Techniques

The Museum Of Old Techniques
For almost every electronic device or oil driven machine there used to be a low-tech alternative that was powered by human muscles, water or wind. The Museum of Old Techniques aims to collect and study these historical alternatives to modern day machinery. Why, you may ask? To quote the Museum: "Evolution doesn't necessarily mean progress, what we consider to be primitive solutions are often not primitive at all". We could not have said it better ourselves. A somewhat related publication is Edward H. Knight's book contains not only early electric equipment and steam driven machinery, but also human and animal powered machines. Related:  Old-Fashioned, Pioneer & Primitive Skills & ResourcesSS On the Farm

How-To's: Online Low-Tech Resources Energy Bulletin pointed us to the website of Practical Action (previously known as the Schumacher Centre for Technology & Development), an online resource devoted to low-technology solutions for developing countries. The site hosts many manuals that can also be of interest for low-tech DIYers in the developed world. They cover energy, agriculture, food processing, construction and manufacturing, just to name some important categories. We would like to add to this the impressive online library put together by software engineer Alex Weir. Other interesting online resources that offer manuals and instructions are Appropedia and Howtopedia. Related: How to make everything ourselves: open modular hardware / The museum of old techniques / Online knotting reference books / UNESCO sets up Traditional Knowledge Database / Primitive technology handbook / Green Wizard Forums / Compendium of Useful Information.

Classic manuals online The following 46 books include many classics for backyarders, homesteaders, small farms and tropical development, many of them hard to find, with direct links to the CD 3rd World online library for free downloading. They are in graphic pdf format, with files from 1 or 2 Mb to 60 Mb. , by Robert Berold et. al., Environmental and Development Agency, Johannesburg, South Africa. 41.7Mb pdf Teknologi Kampungan -- A Collection of Indigenous Indonesian Technologies, by Craig Thorburn, 1982, Volunteers in Asia, ISBN 0917704169. 6.4Mb pdf Village Technology Handbook, Volunteers in Technical Assistance (VITA), 3rd edition 1988, Vita Publications, ISBN 0866192751, 441 p, 14Mb pdf Backyard Composting, by Helga Olkowski, Ecology Center, Berkeley, CA, USA, 1975, 21 pages, 8.5Mb pdf

Traits en Savoie - Semoir Chevalier:4 ème partie.Sur le terrain. Avant d’en venir au terrain, quelques avancées depuis le dernier article. Nous avons retrouvé plusieurs semoirs en France ou en Suisse. En France dans le Pays de Gex et en Suisse à Genève ou dans le canton de Vaud. Le musée de Chiblins (canton de Vaud) possède dans sa réserve de Satigny (canton de Genève)... ...un semoir à restaurer de 1873. Et il doit en resté un au "Musée du blé et du pain" à Echallens (canton de Vaud). Des deux semoirs que nous avons pu voir à Ornex... ...le mieux conservé date... ...de 1907. Le second,très abimé,... ...fut construit en 1871. Nous avons également pu voir la mécanique d’un semoir de 1879. Mais il ne subsiste de cette machine que quelques pièces éparses. Trois autres semoirs ont été répertoriés sur le Pays de Gex. Un de 1882,un non marqué (oubli ou réparation ???) Ces deux derniers modèles font apparaitre des modifications, en particulier sur les roues,ce qui laisse supposer une proximité de fabrication. Nous n’avons pas encore pu faire de photos de ces machines.

10 tips to train your hen to lay eggs in her nest box Are you pissed at your cute chubby hens because of their annoying habits? Relax, that is normal for the poultry dwellers. My 10 years experience has lead me to conclude, you may not agree with it but my opinion remains the same – hens love laying eggs everywhere except for the place where they should. When I bought hens for the first time, I went mad almost – they use to lay eggs all over the farm but not their next boxes. Are you going through the phase when the hen laid eggs in the garden, trees, hay bales but not their boxes? 1: Place nest boxes in quantity: You must have at least 4 to 5 boxes for a flock of 20 hens – in this way hens would feel comfortable laying eggs in the boxes because of ease. 2: Alluring nest boxes: The nesting boxes must have something that the hen would not to eat or maybe play with. 3: Placement of the box: Always keep the boxes in the areas of the coop that are dark – hens adore peaceful and dark places and would happily lay eggs in the boxes. 9: Timings:

Learn How to Shave Like Your Grandpa | The Art of Manliness - Nightly Proper shaving has become a lost art. Today’s average male has no clue about the fine art of the traditional wet shave that their grandfathers and some of their fathers used to take part in. Instead, they’re only accustomed to the cheap and disposable shaving products that companies market. Benefits of the Classic Wet Shave Reduce costs. Reduce environmental impact. Better, more consistent shaves. You’ll feel like a bad ass. The Tools Safety Razor Switching from a cheap disposable razor to a double-edged safety razor is like upgrading from a Pinto to a Mercedes. You can find safety razors in a variety of places. Suggested RazorsMerkur Classic Safety Razor, Straight-#178- Made in Germany Merkur Futur Adjustable Double Edge Safety Razor with Satin Finish- #700- Made in Germany Merkur Classic Long Handled Safety Razor, Straight Blades You can choose from a variety of different blades. Suggested Razors American Personna. Shaving Brush Porter’s Badger Shaving Brush Soaps and Creams The Technique

Common-Sense Compost Making - Contents This book describes a way of making compost, i.e. humus, which is simply, labour saving (no turning) and quick, both in ripening the compost and in getting results in the soil. It is adaptible to all conditions and to every size and type of garden, allotment or farm, the process being based on nature's own methods. Miss Bruce tells how to make use of the natural heat of disintegration, which liberates the vitality of the plants; how to retain that vitality within the heap, and how to quicken both the disintegration of plants and the energizing of humus by treating the heap with a simple activator. From Vegetable Waste to Fertile Soil affirms a belief in the universality of Life, this Life being manifest in varying 'rhythms' in the mineral, vegetable, animal and human kingdoms. Table of Contents Foreword by L.F. Appendices 1. Bibliography How to use Q.R. Photography by W. by L.F. When Dr. For when I first encountered the theories of Dr. Next: 1.

1920 Semoir Gougis 1920 Semoir Gougis Constructeur à Auneau en Eure et Loir Semoir en ligne à 8 socs et avant-train, tiré par un attelage à un cheval et conduit à l'avant par un charretier. Exposé au COMPA à Chartres Aquaculture in Canada: Integrated Multi-Trophic Aquaculture (IMTA) Aquaculture (fish farming) already supplies approximately 50 percent of the fish and seafood consumed worldwide, and production is steadily increasing. Further development of the aquaculture industry in Canada could mean significant economic growth as well as job opportunities for Canadians – especially in coastal and rural areas. Responsible growth of the industry will depend on continued research to find innovative ways to improve the environmental performance and diversification of the sector. Integrated Multi-Trophic Aquaculture: A new approach Integrated Multi-Trophic Aquaculture (IMTA) is one solution that encourages greater environmental stewardship while increasing economic benefits for growers and communities. How it works IMTA involves cultivating organisms in a way that allows the uneaten feed, wastes, nutrients and by-products of one species to be recaptured and converted into fertilizer, feed and energy for the growth of the other species. Designing an Effective IMTA System

Straight Razor Shaving For Beginners | The Art of Manliness - Nightly Our very first post on the Art of Manliness was a introductory guide to shaving like your grandpa with a double-edged safety razor. Since then, we’ve received requests to do a similar article on straight razor shaving. Well, after months of experimenting with straight razor shaving myself and researching the subject in old books on barbering, I present this beginner’s guide to shaving like your great-grandpa. I couldn’t possibly put everything there is to know about straight razor shaving in a single article, but the following presents the essentials of this old-time shaving ritual. Benefits of Straight Razor Shaving Better shaves. Reduced costs. Environmentally friendly. Meditative. You’ll feel like more of a bad ass. The Tools The Razor. You can purchase straight razors either new or used. If you’d like a new razor, check out classicshaving.com or straightrazordesigns.com. When shopping for razors, consider the following factors: Check the steel’s quality. Suggested Razors The Hone. 1.

Oil Press By Jeff Cox -- from Organic Gardening, April 1979, Rodale Press IN 2,500 SQUARE FEET, a family of four can grow each year enough sunflower seed to produce three gallons of homemade vegetable oil suitable for salads or cooking and 20 pounds of nutritious, dehulled seed -- with enough broken seeds left over to feed a winter's worth of birds.The problem, heretofore, with sunflower seeds was the difficulty of dehulling them at home, and the lack of a device for expressing oil from the seeds. About six months ago, we decided to change all that. The job was to find out who makes a sunflower seed dehuller or to devise one if none were manufactured. And to either locate a home-scale oilseed press or devise one. No mean task.Our researches took us from North Dakota -- hub of commercial sunflower activity in the nation -- to a search of the files in the U.S. Tools Required 1. The press was designed so that homesteaders can produce sunflower oil from their own seeds.

Permaculture Design Course - Sydney July 2015 - Milkwood Book Now Join us this winter to get inspired and skilled up in Permaculture design – you’ll leave ready to create abundance in a world out of balance, with solid design skills and techniques. Your learning will be led by a stellar teaching team of Permaculture teachers – Hannah Moloney, Nick Ritar, Brendan Morse, Narelle Happ and special guests. A Milkwood Permaculture Design Course teaches you the skills and knowledge to design and implement fundamental and life-changing resilience into your everyday home, community and beyond. Permaculture is set of principles that result in sustainable and productive systems. No chemicals and no excuses. This 2 week intensive course will arm you with the design thinking and skills to create resilient, synergistic systems for living, working and community. By observing nature we can use natural patterning to design and implement ideas and systems that build on natural processes with energy efficient, low cost and high yielding results.

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